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Monday, March 1, 2010

The Journey North: Bird Migration Maps

Even though there is a foot of snow outside my window, I was asked several times last week about when different birds will start making their way north again.

There are several neat websites that follow bird migration up to Michigan:
The Journey North website studies wildlife migration and seasonal change. It tracks the coming of spring through the migration patterns of the Baltimore Oriole, Ruby-throated hummingbirds, Red-winged Blackbirds, and other birds and mammals. You can look at the past seasons to predict upcoming visits or watch the Spring 2010 maps as people report their sightings of birds on the way north.

The Purple Martin Conservation Association also has migratory maps. Several reports have already been submitted for sitings of the purple martins in the southern states.

And the website I check most frequently in the spring is Hummingbirds.net. The maps of the Migration of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are updated daily and like the other websites it has lots of useful information.

As a quick reference:

3 comments:

Ferd said...

This is excellent information!
We are in North Carolina. We are looking forward to a birding trip in the New River gorge in W. Virginia in late April, which is timed with the migration of many species.
I'll check into some of these links for our own backyard birding!
thanks!

Anonymous said...

Your map is too small to acertain when martins will arrive. charles

Wild Birds Unlimited Mid-Michigan said...

Click on the map to make it larger or just go to the Journey North website for updated maps.
Sarah